Tempus is a startup that is mobilizing human and monetary resources to fight cancer. Much of the operations at the company include generation and dissemination of useful data to medical professionals. This data will help create a better understanding of the relationship an individual’s genetic makeup and how they respond to different cancer therapies.
Recently, the startup announced that it had joined hands with the University of Chicago Medicine. The partnership involves Tempus availing research data from 1,000 cancer patients to the medical professionals at the institution. The data will include phenotypic, therapeutic and genomic sequences of the patients. This data will be used to establish patterns that could provide alternative therapies in dealing with cancer. With such crucial data, medical professionals can also forecast a patient’s response to various cancer medications. The long-term goal of this project is that eventually, doctors might be able to design custom cancer therapies to each patient that are more targeting and less invasive. Eric Lefkofsky on twitter.
According to a leading medical professional from the University of Chicago, Dr. OlufunmilayoOlopade, the amount of data that is available in patients with breast cancer is alarmingly low despite the fact that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. This reality paints a picture of a sector that is working without sufficient information putting physicians in a hard place when they have to do prescriptions without much guidance.
The University of Chicago is just but one of the many partnerships that Tempus has entered into recently with the aim of advancing the fight against cancer.
Tempus was founded by acclaimed entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky, who is an alumnus of the University of Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the institution. Since then he has been the face of an array of successful ventures including Groupon, Uptake, and Lightbank.
Mr. Lefkofsky has also been successful in philanthropy. He runs the Lefkofsky Family Foundation that began its operations in the year 2006. The foundations work to provide effective programs and initiatives in different sectors. The organization ensures that the vulnerable have access to education, their rights are protected, and medical innovations change the field of medicine.